Andy Halliday shocked by £52m link between Rangers flop Umar Sadiq and Bayern Munich
Andy Halliday cannot believe Rangers flop Umar Sadiq is being courted by Bayern Munich with a £52million fee mooted for his signature.
Sadiq, 24, is currently at Almeria who play in the Spanish second-tier, but he has been linked with a move to the German giants by AS who claim they could trigger his £52million release clause.
The Nigerian has struck 17 times in 32 appearances this season, including 15 in 29 in the Segunda Liga, as he continues to restore a reputation that was tarnished in Glasgow.
Sadiq linked up with Steven Gerrard’s side in July 2018 on a season-long loan from Roma but that deal was cut short just a few months later after a mere four outings and zero goals in a Gers shirt.
Halliday was a teammate of his at Ibrox and he told Clyde 1 Superscoreboard [07/04/21] that the multi-million pound links to Bayern are at odds with what he saw of the player.
“If you told me he was going to go for €60m I’d have said, ‘Come on now, stop trash talking me’,” he said.
“He wasn’t a good player in training but I’ve played with hundreds of strikers specifically who are not good trainers and they just come alive when it comes to a game.”
He added: “So that’d be the most surprising transfer of all time. €60m? Bayern Munich? Aye, it would be.”
Pull the other one…
It’s been some turnaround in Sadiq’s career after stinking out the place at Ibrox.
Granted, we only saw a glimpse of him in a Light Blues shirt but it is fair to say he did not show anything of note that warranted more game time.
But he went away and scored 23 goals in Serbia for Partizan Belgrade before sealing a switch to Spain last October.
Only two players have score more than him in the Seguda Division and his Almeria side sit in third with promotion to the Spanish top-tier a distinct possibility.
Nevertheless, we can’t see how he has done enough to justify a transfer to Bayern for anywhere near his £52million release clause.
It begs the question, were Rangers too hasty in pulling the trigger to curtail his Ibrox career so early?
We would argue no – at the time we could not afford to be towing players not pulling their weight.
But he’s certainly come on leaps and bounds away from Scotland.
In other Rangers news, Scott McDermott claims Gerrard’s ‘Warrior’ is next in line for new Gers deal.